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Sports Therapy

BSc (Hons)

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Sports Therapy Clinic

Work under the supervision of accredited staff

UCAS code:
BC96
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
21 September 2020
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Learn how to help athletes recover from injury and design injury prevention programmes for sports teams with our sports therapy degree.

Are you interested in helping athletes recover from injury? Or maybe you want to design injury prevention programmes for sports teams?

Whether you have ambitions of working within the professional sports environment or running your own clinic, our accredited Sports Therapy degree gives you the skills, knowledge and experience needed to treat and rehabilitate professional and amateur athletes.

With sports therapy backgrounds in private practice, professional and semi-professional sport, our lecturers bring practical experience to their academic knowledge. Teaching combines formal lectures with practical laboratory and clinical workshops. As a Sports Therapy student, you’ll be guaranteed a placement, internship or volunteering opportunity to develop real-world skills. We also provide the experience of work under the supervision of The Society of Sports Therapists accredited staff, to deliver treatments in our sports therapy laboratory.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Students on our Sports Therapy degrees have worked with:

  • Stoke City FC
  • Port Vale FC
  • Notts County FC
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • St George's Park
  • Widnes Vikings

Course content

With the support of our experienced lecturers, you’ll build skills in injury assessment, exercise rehabilitation and soft techniques including massage and joint mobilisation skills. You’ll also develop a scientific understanding of the physiological response to exercise.

You will learn how to provide first aid and emergency trauma management in a high pressure sports setting, and Staffordshire University Sports Therapy Clinic will give you experience of a professional working practice.

You’ll also work at a variety of events and venues.

Past students have worked at Stoke City FC, Port Vale FC, Notts County FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, St George's Park and Widnes Vikings.

They have also supported local marathons. Key skills you will learn during the course include anatomy, biomechanics, sports massage, rehabilitation techniques, electrotherapy, soft tissue therapy, spinal mobilisations, physiological response to exercise, kinesiology and nutrition.

You’ll complete a research project in your final year, as well as the professional placement experience. The placement should combine clinical and field experience to broaden your skill set.

On graduation, you will be a professional sports therapist ready to work across the dynamic sports industry.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.

Society of Sports Therapists

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Academic And Employability Skills In Sport And Exercise 15 credits
Clinical Anatomy 15 credits
Developing Research Skills In Sport And Exercise 15 credits
Foundations In Sports Therapy 15 credits
Fundamentals Of Exercise Physiology,Biomechanics And Strength And Conditioning 30 credits
Rehabilitation Tools And Sports Massage 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Biomechanics & Kinesiology 30 credits
Research And Graduate Employability In Sport And Exercise 30 credits
Sports Injury Assessment 30 credits
Sports Rehabilitation And Treatment 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Business And Entrepreneurism For Sports Therapists 15 credits
Personal And Professional Development In Sport And Exercise 30 credits
Professional Placement In Sports Therapy 30 credits
Sports Therapy Practice 30 credits
Vertebral Assessment And Interventions 15 credits

Facilities

Careers

You will be provided with opportunities to prepare you for employment.

  • Working with sports teams and clubs as sports therapists or massage therapists
  • Running a business or sports therapy clinic
  • Working in injury clinics alongside sports therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors
  • Working with elite athletes in a variety of sports including football, rugby and martial arts

Many graduates also go on to postgraduate study.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. 

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Stephen Bateman
Stephen BatemanCourse Leader

Stephen’s expertise is in injury assessment, soft tissue therapy and Lower limb coordination & the relationship to chronic injury.

Stephen teaches on modules including ‘Rehabilitation Tools and Sports Massage’ and ‘Sports Therapy Practice’. View profile

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

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Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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